Trial ordered in crash that killed Pa. officer

NEW CASTLE, Pa. (AP) — A woman has been ordered to stand trial in an accident that claimed the life of one western Pennsylvania police officer and injured another

Twenty-six-year-old Kylee Barletto is charged in Lawrence County with manslaughter of a police officer, homicide by vehicle, fleeing and eluding police, reckless endangerment, aggravated assault and other counts.

Authorities allege that she was driving erratically in New Castle on May 2 and Shenango County officers tried to help local police pull her over, but she hit their cruiser, killing Officer William McCarthy and injuring another officer.

Barletto’s bail was reduced from $250,000 to $100,000 at Thursday’s hearing. The Beaver County Times says defense attorney James Ecker declined to say whether he would seek a change of venue but said he’s confident his client will be acquitted.

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